La Salle, UP hack out lopsided wins vs NCAA foes
MANILA, Philippines – La Salle made quick work of winless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-51, while the University of the Philippines blasted Perpetual Help, 77-63, as both winning teams kept rolling in the FilOil Flying V Preaseason Cup on Friday, May 11, in San Juan.
Banking on big man Taane Samuel, the Archers used a massive 20-3 run and buried the Generals in a 22-point hole, 54-32. By the fourth quarter, the Taft-based crew outscored the Generals, 20-9, to run away with a 32-point win.
Samuel, virtually uncontested most of the game, dropped a team-high 28 points built on an 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Mark Dyke chipped in a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards for the Archers.
UP also cruised through its game as Paul Desiderio delivered even in limited action, draining 5-of-9 triples for a game-high 20 points in 19 minutes of action.
Veteran big man Gelo Vito also had a double-double of 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds as the Maroons picked up their 3rd straight victory after opening with 3 losses.
Bright Akhuetie, the new UP recruit who played his first game against his former team, was limited to 10 points and 8 boards. The 6-foot-5 center also had 6 turnovers as a result of constant double- and triple-teams.
But this left Desiderio with all the room to operate from downtown as he drained two long bombs including a stepback 3 in the final quarter to push UP to a 16-point lead, 68-52.
Jarrell Lim sealed the deal with one more dagger trey, 71-54, with 3 minutes left in regulation.
Perpetual actually kept it close and even briefly held the lead in the first half thanks to the smart shots by Jielo Razon, who had 9 points by halftime.
However, the Maroons came out charging by the third and regained a 10-point lead, 52-42, off a steal and hesitation layup by Javi Gomez de Liano.
In other games, the St. Benilde Blazers ripped the still-undermanned Lyceum Pirates, 92-68, while the San Sebastian Stags held off a late rally by the winless University of Santo Tomas Tigers, 79-71.
La Salle 4-0
San Beda 2-1